The Health Lottery was established in 2011 with the aim of raising funds for health-related good causes across Great Britain. It is not a national lottery but instead operates as 51 separate society lotteries which each represent at least one geographical region of the UK. You can participate by purchasing tickets directly through your online Health Lottery account or from one of over 32,000 authorised retailers across the country. Draws take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
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The Health Lottery is a straightforward game which simply requires you to choose five numbers between 1 and 50 and match a minimum of two numbers + the Bonus Ball to win a prize. You can choose your own numbers or have them randomly generated for you via the Quick Pick option. Five main numbers are drawn first, followed by a sixth number known as the Bonus Ball, which gives you the chance to increase your winnings if you match two, three or four main numbers. Players who match just two main balls during advertised promotional periods will win a Free Play for another chance to win later on.
The top prize of up to £100,000 is paid to the player who successfully matches all five main numbers. If more than one player matches the winning combination, the prize is shared equally between the winners.
Health Lottery Prizes
Except in exceptional circumstances, Health Lottery prizes are a set value. The seven different prize tiers, prize values and odds of winning are shown in the table below:
|Prize Tier||Odds of Winning||Prize Value|
|Match 5 - Jackpot||1 in 2,118,760||£100,000*|
|Match 4 + Bonus Ball||1 in 423,752||£10,000|
|Match 4||1 in 9,631||£250|
|Match 3 + Bonus Ball||1 in 4,815||£50|
|Match 3||1 in 224||£20|
|Match 2 + Bonus Ball||1 in 224||£10|
|Match 2**||1 in 16||Free Play|
*The top prize is equal to 10% of total ticket sales, up to a cap of £100,000. It will be shared equally between all players who matched all five main numbers in a particular draw.
**The Match 2 prize tier is only applicable during promotional periods.
Buy Tickets Online
You can save time and effort by purchasing your Health Lottery tickets online. The system stores your ticket(s) electronically and eliminates any possibility of your ticket being stolen, damaged or lost. As an added convenience, you’ll receive notification if your ticket contains a winning combination. Click here to learn more about purchasing Health Lottery tickets online.
Claiming a Prize
All Health Lottery prizes are valid for 180 days after the draw takes place, so if you have any unchecked tickets, donít throw them away without checking your numbers carefully.
The method for claiming prizes for tickets purchased online and claiming for paper tickets purchased from authorised retailers differs. Online players who match two main numbers and the Bonus Ball up to four main numbers will have their prizes deposited into their player accounts. Players who buy tickets in person need to call Health Lottery officials if they match four main numbers or more, as retailers can only pay out up to £50 for Health Lottery prizes. Especially lucky ticket holders who match four main numbers and the Bonus Ball or all five main numbers drawn will also need to contact the Health Lottery on 0844 375 55 55.
The Health Lottery helps fund a number of health based initiatives throughout the country, with 20p of every £1 spent on the Health Lottery tickets donated to health-related good causes. Since its launch in 2011, the Health Lottery has raised over £70 million and benefited over 350,000 people. Visit the Health Lottery Good Causes page to read more about the projects you have helped support by playing the Health Lottery.
Richard Desmond, owner of the Northern & Shell publishing group, launched the Health Lottery in October 2011.
The Health Lottery did not originally include a Bonus Ball and had a three-tier prize structure which awarded £50 for matching three numbers, £500 for matching four numbers and up to £100,000 for matching all five numbers drawn. In July 2012, the prize value of the Match 3 and Match 4 tiers dropped to £20 and £250 respectively but a range of ĎHot Ticketí prizes was introduced.
Further changes took place from 11th May 2013, when the Hot Ticket prizes were discontinued and a Bonus Ball was introduced. The introduction of the Bonus Ball increased the number of prize tiers from three to the current level of seven.
In January 2015, a 50p game was introduced on a Tuesday and Thursday. This was scrapped in October of the same year, when the £1 game was rolled out five nights a week.